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ditch

1. a narrow channel dug in the earth, usually used for drainage, irrigation, or as a boundary marker
2. any small, natural waterway
3. Irish a bank made of earth excavated from and placed alongside a drain or stream
4. Informal either of the gutters at the side of a tenpin bowling lane
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

ditch

[dich]
(civil engineering)
A small artificial channel cut through earth or rock to carry water for irrigation or drainage.
A long narrow cut made in the earth to bury pipeline, cable, or similar installations.
(petroleum engineering)
On a drilling rig, a mudflow trench leading from the conductor-pipe outlet.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Hedgers and ditchers were valued in the society in which I grew up (West Wales).
The earthmoving segment includes crawler and wheeled excavators; rear dump and articulated haulers; motor graders; backhoe, crawler, wheeled, compact and skid-steer loaders; crawler tractors; trenchers and ditchers; wheeled log skidders; and scrapers.
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Of course, this was prior to the second election of 1910, whose indeterminate result had led to the introduction of the parliament bill, an event which, rather than uniting the Tories, only heightened their divergence, as "Ditchers," "Hedgers," and "Rats" exchanged accusations, innuendoes, and insults.
Garvin, decisive again, opted for the Ditchers, and when in August 1911, in a temperature of 95 degrees, the Hedgers won and the Parliament Bill became law by seventeen votes, he fulminated against `the ignoble band, clerical and laity, of Unionist traitors who had made themselves Redmond's helots'.
Miscellaneous equipment including buckets, ditchers, water jets, and scrapers combined with "old-fashioned" manpower is used to clear culverts of debris.
The hours of attendance were from seven in the morning to five in the afternoon, with two hours' break for the early Elizabethan dinner: time enough to wander in the gangling timber streets, hazardous though they were with traffic, conflagrations and the out-pourings of the ale houses, descended from the tavern-haunters of Piers Plowman: scavengers, rat-catchers, ditchers, horse-dealers, fiddlers, rope-makers, old-clothes sellers, needle-vendors, tinkers' apprentices, pedlars and other drinkers of beer by the gallon.
|What signifies who we be - dukes or ditchers?' thought the moulders; |all is vanity and clay.
Hedgers and ditchers, quarrymen, thick-shod cures de campagne, each with his load, shake off those cares and burdens; they become, in a bleak visionary instant, seraphim looking toward Chartres, the spired sheaves, stone-thronged annunications, winged ogives uplifted and uplifting from the winter-gleaned furrows of that criss-cross-trodden ground.